View Full Version : Another timber type question - everyone's favourite: pine!

Tung tied
21st Feb 2018, 11:48 AM
Hi forumites,

I'm hoping someone can help identifying what type of pine this may be. It's the MiL's dining table that's "baltic pine" or maybe stained a baltic colour or kauri or radiata. It's about 25yrs old, has some knots, stained and has shellac as a top coat. It is approx 95cm x 200cm. I've sanded the drawer off to show the raw view. There isn't any aroma that I can smell apart from those socks later on in the day :no:. It's composition will determine its fate, whether it is kept intact or used to remake some new furniture.

Please let me know what you think.




Sawdust Maker
21st Feb 2018, 12:42 PM
radiata imho

Skew ChiDAMN!!
21st Feb 2018, 03:33 PM
25yo? I'm thinking it probably came from 'The 'Pine Factory,' a furniture franchise that sold reasonable quality radiata furniture at favorable prices compared to similar furniture in hardwood. The build looks about right; I used to drop in fairly regularly on our local store and stir the sales staff with "what've you made from pallets this week?" :innocent:

Most of their stock was sold unfinished, so the customer could apply a stain and finish then proclaim "look what I made!" :rolleyes: but a proportion were sold with a factory finish. Can you guess how they were named? After the stains that were used... and, from memory, Baltic Pine was one.

It was a relatively short-lived trend, like the even earlier Copper Art, etc. There are places that still trade under the name, however I believe the original franchise folded quite some time back. (I could easily be wrong; won't be the first time, won't be the last...)

Wimmera Jack
21st Feb 2018, 03:59 PM
Radiata pine.


Tung tied
22nd Feb 2018, 10:45 AM
Thanks for your replies. It is certainly well made and deserves a better fate than being a shed table. Given that the opinion is radiate, I won't be too apprehensive about making a mistake when repurposing it or using a saw with a wide kerf and making too much sawdust.